Obama And Bill Maher Talk Marijuana
Both Bill Maher and President Obama have one thing in common: they have both discussed their marijuana use publicly. While the Commander in Chief may not have been as descriptive as others (and as we may like), Maher tends to be more "blunt" when it comes to the topic. With Obama's time in office quickly running out, Maher took the opportunity to discuss one of his pet peeves with the POTUS.
"Let me ask you a question that I know people who watch our show are interested in," Maher begins. "We've both made jokes about it, but it's not funny to be people who get arrested - which is over half a million, I think, last year. You and I could both have had our lives ruined, not by really smoking it [marijuana] but by being arrested for it." Maher refers to marijuana reform by bringing up the epidemic of non-violent offenders being sentenced to extensive time in jail. "I feel like you had a checklist... I was hoping ending the drug war would be on that list. It's on the ballot now in nine states in a week, including California for recreational [use]. Isn't it time the federal government caught up to progressive states?"
Such a great question, indeed. While President Obama has worked on marijuana reform by granting clemency to tens of thousands of non-violent criminals with marijuana offenses, there is still a lot of work to be done in order to prevent others from becoming victim to the same consequences in the future. The POTUS would not fully indulge on the details of his past life as an occasional herbalist however, he did refer to cigarette use in comparison.
"I don't think that legalization is a panacea, but I think that we're going to have to have a more serious conversation about how we are treating marijuana and our drug laws generally," Obama tells Maher. "The good news is, after this referendum, tons one degree it's going to call the questions."
With that being said, it leaves us quite confused as to why more hasn't been done during Obama's time in office to encourage the conversations, questions, initiatives and laws to look deeper into regulating medical and recreational cannabis nationwide. The responsibility still heavily lies within each state to present the initiatives necessary to legalize, with hopes that our next POTUS is for cannabis .